This algorithm is a generalization of Buchberger's algorithm (which works for wellorderings cf. [B1], [B2]) and Mora's tangent cone algorithm (which works for tangent cone orderings, cf. [M1], [MPT]) and which includes a mixture of both (which is useful for certain applications, in particular to algorithms described by Mora in his Graal paper [M3]). In fact, it is an easy extension of Mora's idea by introducing the ``correct'' definition of ecart. But we present it in a new way which, as we hope, makes the relation to the existing standard basis algorithms transparent.
Let K be a field, and column vectors in , . Let < be a semigroup ordering on the set of monomials of K[x], that is, < is a total ordering and implies for any . Robbiano (cf. [R]) proved that any semigroup ordering can be defined by a matrix as follows:
Let be the rows of A, then if and only if there is an i with for j < i and . Thus, if and only if is smaller than with respect to the lexicographical ordering of vectors in .
For , , let be the leading monomial with respect to the ordering < and the coefficient of L(g) in g, that is g = c(g)L(g) + smaller terms with respect to <.
Important orderings for applications are:
If wi = 1 (respectively wi = -1) for all i we obtain the degree reverse lexicographical ordering, degrevlex+ (respectively degrevlex-).
We call an ordering a degree ordering if it is given by a matrix with coefficients of the first row either all positive or all negative. In the positive (respectively negative) case Loc ;SPMlt;K[x] = K[x] (respectively Loc ;SPMlt; K[x] = K[x](x)).
We consider also module orderings <m on the set of ``monomials'' of which are compatible with the ordering < on K[x]. That is for all monomials and we have: f <m f' implies pf <m pf' and p < q implies pf <m qf.
We now fix an ordering <m on K[x]r compatible with < and denote it
also with <. Again we have the notion of coefficient c(f) and leading
monomial L(f). < has the important property:
Note that a reduced standard basis of polynomials does not necessarily exist (cf. Remark 1.12).
The proof will be deduced from the normal form used in the standard basis algorithm (cf. Corollary 1.11). Note that, in general, it is not true that generate I as K[x]-module (take with lex-).
This is also not true if
is a reduced standard basis:
Consider the ideal
which is (x,y)-primary. The first two elements are a
reduced standard basis of
where < is
degrevlex- und hence generate
but they do not generate
(This answers a question of T. Mora.)
Let , and . If i = j and then we write L(f) | L(g).
If i = j and
Let finite and ordered .
The principle for many standard basis algorithms depending on a chosen normal form is the following:
In this language Buchberger's algorithm is just
If < is any ordering (not necessarily a wellordering) and A the
corresponding matrix, then the matrix
This ordering has the following property:
The Lazard method (cf. [L]) to compute a standard basis is the following:
Mora found for tangent cone orderings (cf. [M1], [MPT]) an algorithm which computes a standard basis over Loc;SPMlt; K[x]. This algorithm can be generalized to any ordering and we can describe it as follows:
Let be a finite set of homogeneous elements and homogeneous. Note that an element of K[t, x]r is homogeneous if its components are homogeneous polynomials of the same degree. The generalization of Mora's normal form to any semigroup ordering is as follows:
Proof: 2) By induction suppose that after the -th step in NFMora we have
If for all then we have finished.
Since T consists of elements and of constructed in previous steps we have to consider two cases:
Now implies , that is .
This proves 2).
To prove 1) let be the set T after the -th reduction. Let N be an integer such that (such N exists because K[t, x]r is noetherian). This implies . The algorithm continues with fixed T and terminates because < is a wellordering on K[t, x]r.
The corollary is an easy consequence of 1.9.
Gräbe discovered (cf. [G]) that for a suitable choice of the weights adapted to the input (the polynomials should become as homogeneous as possible with respect to these weights) the algorithm can become faster. We call this the (weighted) ecartMethod.
If we try the same for an arbitrary semigroup ordering, this procedure will, in general, not terminate. We can only derive a presentation with and (formal power series) having the above properties.